IMMIGRATION’S EDUCATION IMPACT: AMERICA LOSING ITS MIND
April 17, 2008
As a long time teacher from the 1970s, I witnessed America’s fall from educational excellence to intellectual mediocrity. Or worse—our educational system evicted unending functionally illiterate kids into mainstream society!
My principal ‘encouraged’ me to promote students to the next grade level even when they failed to demonstrate competence at their grade level. Those kids faltered in the classroom because their parents failed them as to homework and educational attitude.
Teachers called it “affirmative action grading.” Students learned they could goof off, never turn in homework and still be advanced to the next grade. By the time they reached their senior year, they enjoyed full-fledged avoidance of academic work for passing grades. They graduated, essentially illiterate, to move on to “affirmative action jobs.” In other words, they got something for nothing! Then, they took jobs where they ‘showed up’ for a paycheck.
We drove our standards so low that our kids suffered a miasma of consequences reverberating into the 21st century.
One evening of listening to the comedian Jay Leno with his ‘Jay Walking’ questions on the streets of Los Angeles will give you an idea of how stupid unknown numbers of our youth show themselves. He asks questions a sixth grader should be able to answer like, “Who was the first president of the United States?” Leno receives answers like, “Paul McCartney, George Bush, Michael Jordan….”
“The Department of Education’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access,” said Edwin Rubenstein, reporting on the National Research Council’s new book: “The New Americans: Economic, Demographics and Fiscal Effects of Immigration.” The Social Contract Winter 2007-08.
“Immigration has a profound impact on education,” Rubenstein said. “Immigrant children are poorer than native-born children, and their numbers have increased far faster. At least 19 percent of all K-12 enrollments are the result of immigration. In excess of 9.2 million are immigrants or the children of immigrants. Because of their lack of language abilities, they take 25 percent of funding. Out of $499.1 billion in the 2005 school year, $125 billion was spent on foreign born children.”
Immigration will account for 96 percent of the future increases in school populations over the next 50 years—if current legal and illegal immigration maintains the current inflow into the United States from 2.0 to 2.5 million annually.
In 2001, nine million students could not speak English. “In the Rand Corporation’s final analysis, the added costs for language assistance for illegal alien children and (anchor babies), cost American taxpayers $3.8 billion annually,” Rubenstein said.
In California, students speak over 100 languages. Connecticut features 140 languages. Every state suffers multiple languages that wreak havoc in American schools.
What happens in the classroom? Answer: total breakdown of education for American students as well as billions of dollars spent on educating children from foreign countries that live illegally in the United States.
But it doesn’t stop at the secondary level. Federal law expressly forbids illegal alien students from receiving any post-secondary education benefit. However, several states violate the law.
“Kansas state universities currently have more than 9,000 students enrolled who are identified as non-U.S. citizens,” Rubenstein said. “During the fall of 2004, illegal alien students received taxpayer-subsidized tuition reductions of more than $3,000.00 in three of the state's major colleges…thus Kansas expressly rewards aliens who have violated federal law by giving them a taxpayer subsidy that is denied to lawful American citizens or legal immigrants.”
As to the ‘sinking’ of American education, California proves the bow of the Titanic. Illegal and legal immigrants flood into that state with such speed, California taxpayers must build one new school and staff it with teachers every day, seven days a week—in order to keep up with the flood of immigrant children. (Source: numbersusa.com) Result? Dismal failure of education for California children. Jay Leno illustrates that failure with his simple questions to our nation’s youth.
To place this human flood into perspective, on average, the United States government allows 182,000 legal and illegal alien immigrants into this country every month. They total 2.2 million added people each year, year in and year out. None of them possess jobs when they enter this country. The illegal alien migrants cost U.S. taxpayers $346 billion annually as shown in this report.
At the same time, 14 million Americans stand in unemployment lines weekly. Thirteen million American children live below the poverty line. Twenty-eight million Americans live on food stamps. This year 1.5 million Americans remain homeless on our streets. Home foreclosures from job losses impact hundreds of thousands of Americans this year. The average American credit card holder runs a $9,240.00 balance. H-1B, H-2B and L-1 visas given to foreigners displaced 1.0 million American workers in the past five years. Additionally, over three million American manufacturing jobs exited to overseas countries while the Rust Belt--starting in Detroit, Michigan loses 1,000 manufacturing jobs a week.
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You may ask fellow Americans, what sense do these inequities make? Who continues this madness? President Bush and your U.S. Congress! Why? Their madness cannot be explained!
Can American education survive the flood of immigration? If Jay Leno asked someone crossing the street in LA, “Can you locate the United States on a map?”
“Gee, is that a rock band somewhere in Texas?” would be the functionally illiterate answer.
To view report: Vol. XVIII, No. 2, winter 2007-08
Final note: I am looking for thinkers, writers and advocates to add to my monthly “Master Mind Think Tank.” In reality, our politicians create the problems that they campaign to solve. They never solve them; thus we spiral into deeper national chaos. I need new ideas and new creative thinkers to help me bring our most pressing issues onto the front burner: overpopulation in America caused by ceaseless legal and illegal immigration. As you know, the recent PEW report shows immigration adding 100 million people to our country in 30 years. We need to stop it and we need to stop it now. Join me in saving our civilization. email@example.com
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